Port Clyde

The picturesque fishing village of Port Clyde, at the tip of the St. George Peninsula, is home port for our ferries the Elizabeth Ann and Laura B. The road curves with the meandering St. George River, passing saltwater meadows, clapboard farmhouses, a few small art galleries, and the cluster of weathered buildings that is Tenants Harbor. When you arrive in Port Clyde, you will see signs directing you to the Monhegan Boat Line dock.

We hope you’ll plan to spend a little time ashore here before or after your trip. As you stroll around, it’s not hard to imagine how things might have looked back in the early 1800s, when the village was young and most Port Clyde families were involved in shipbuilding. Later, the most important source of income was catching and canning seafood, and you can still buy tinned sardines bearing the Port Clyde label. While the local canning industry is gone, Port Clyde remains primarily a working harbor, filled with the rugged boats of local lobstermen and fishermen.

You might see some of these hardy mariners loading traps or bait onto their boats at the docks alongside our ticket office. This summer we are sharing our space with the Port Clyde General Store, so be sure to stop in for some wonderful staples, sundries, and homemade treats. Please also visit the Sea Star Shop online, where you’ll find mementos, gifts and art of the coast and Monhegan Island. A number of noted artists — including Greg Mort, Gary Akers, and Barbara Ernst Prey — also live and/or work in the area. Their work captures the essence of Maine, so be sure to ask if studio showings are being offered while you’re here.

If you’re hungry for pizza, crab rolls, or steamed lobster, you can eat your fill at a local restaurant. Ready for a little hike? It’s a nice round-trip walk of about two miles from our dock to the Marshall Point Light, which has stood watch since 1833 on the eastern side of the harbor entrance. The view of Mosquito Island and smaller nearby isles is beautiful, and the keeper’s house is now a small museum. On the way to the lighthouse you’ll also find Herring Gut Learning Center, a marine science education center which includes oyster and finfish hatcheries, an aquaponic greenhouse, marine touch tanks, and a reference library.

It will be our pleasure to welcome you to Port Clyde as well as to our boats. You’ll discover a little bit of unspoiled Maine here, and take home old-fashioned memories with you.


From the South
(about 2 hours from Portland)
From the Maine turnpike Northbound:

  • Take Exit 44 (formerly exit 6A) Route 295 North
  • From 295 North, take exit 28 (formerly exit 22), Bath/Brunswick Route 1 North Exit
  • Follow Rte. 1 North to the town of Thomaston, approximately 60 miles
  • AT the second light in Thomaston, turn right onto Rte. 131 South (just before Montpelier, the Knox Mansion)
  • Follow Rte. 131 South to Port Clyde (14 miles to the end of peninsula)
  • Look for a Monhegan Boat Line sign at the head of the dock

From the North
About 2 hours from Bangor

  • From Bangor, Take Rte. 1A South
  • Route 1A South will merge with Route 1 South
  • Follow Rte 1 South through the town of Rockland
  • At first light in Thomaston take a left onto Rte. 131 South (just after Montpelier, the Knox Mansion)
  • Follow Rte. 131 South to Port Clyde (14 miles to the end of peninsula)
  • Look for a Monhegan Boat Line sign at the head of the dock